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Nov 26, 2012 9:00am PST
by a romney administration. the drone attacks here are controversial because the obama administration has not published standards for how it selects their targets, which have included american citizens. that secretive approach is at odds with a commitment that obama made during his first campaign for the presidency when he advocated the rights of due process for all, even accused terrorists. >> if the government grabs you, then you have the right to at least ask why was i grabbed and say maybe you've got the wrong person. you know, the reason you have that safeguard is because we don't always have the right person. you may think it's barack the bomb thrower, but it might be barack, the guy running for president. >> today there's no public process to determine whether the right people are targeted under the drone program. and drone attacks have increased substantially during obama's first term. in 2008 there were 36 strikes in pakistan, according to new america foundation, which is a rough estimate. by 2010 there were 122. and so far this year there have been 43. in yemen, drones have been
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2012 12:00pm PST
for the obama administration in regards to the recent krans formation in the middle east. you see it in the fascinating relationship between president obama and mohammed morsi. two mag ma tist pragmatists trya way to mediate this. you see it in the backdrop of surprising riots in jordan which will cause increasing problems, you have that changing environment which you know far more about. but the arab street needs something different. these governments now need to be more responsive to their people so that is an opening for a different relationship. and the president, no american president is going to criticize israel's launching of this war. but this is an opening for a relationship with egypt, with turkey, to implement a cease-fire that will monitor arms smuggling into gaza. that will monitor israel's relationship. overarching all of it, such a painful issue to discuss. overarching -- all of it is a history. going back at least to '67. of the united states' role, maybe, the united states' role as the enabler. as the political diplomatic economic military enabler of an israeli po
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2012 5:00am PST
us figure out. >> picking up on what heather is saying it poses a test for the obama administration and the trons formation in the middle east. you see it in the fascinating relationship between president obama and morsi. two pragmatists trying to find a way to mediate this immediate conflict. you see it against the backdrop of an islamist backdrop of turkey and the riots in jordan that will cause increasing problems. you have that changing environment which you know more about. the arabs need something different. the governments need to be more responsive to their people. it's an opening for a different relationship. no american president is going to criticize, i would argue, israel's launching of this war. it is an opening for our relationship with egypt, turkey, to implement a cease-fire to monitor gaza and israel's relationship, but overarching all of it, it's a painful issue to discuss. anything we say on this show is going to be criticized. >> you think? >> i think. it's a history. going back to at least '67, the united states role as the enabler, as the political diplomatic e
MSNBC
Nov 22, 2012 6:00am PST
. this is a problem that i think the obama administration faces. they'll have to go out and make a better opportunity in terms of publicizing what these changes mean, exactly how it affects individuals, and how they sign up for it. >> okay. final word to you, niail. do you think the work stoppage affects things or not? >> i'm afraid i didn't hear the question. >> in terms of those picketing and protesting all this, do you think that will have long-term change and effect? >> not in terms of the health care law. i think the health care law will be in congress at this point. i think as david pointed out, that the republicans are trying to maneuver toward making more congressional action now that full repeal seems to be off the table. obviously the supreme court backed the law. and also the benefits of the health care reform will go into effect at even -- more so in the coming year. i think that will help from the obama administration's perspective to make the sglas all right. niall, david, thank you very much. happy thanksgiving. >> you, too, alex. >>> kenny chesney with a sneak peek on the way he's spe
MSNBC
Nov 28, 2012 3:00pm PST
. romney is offered any kind of official position in an obama administration. the opportune word there, rev, is he may have some ideas. i think he is aware of the ideas that mr. romney has. even if you think about the business accumen and experiences, those are not the kind of business practices that we need in this kind of economic environment. the president is aware of what needs to happen going forward. and the gesture towards bipartisanship again is what is most important in this particular meeting. i don't think too much substantive will come out in terms of mr. romney having some kind of a position or being able to see his ideas about how to move forward in the economy into an obama administration's plan for the future of america. >> well, douglas brinkley, james peterson, thank you for your time tonight. i think it's a healthy thing. i'm very firm and clear on my positions but i also think it's very important until a divided country that we show none of it is personal and that the american people are far more important than any of our partisan views. that's why it was good the presid
MSNBC
Nov 28, 2012 11:00am PST
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MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 5:00pm PST
's letter rather interesting. he implied that the obama administration is not assisting congress in the libya investigation. have they been stonewalling in any way? what do you think? >> no, i don't think they've been stonewalling at all. look, john mccain is a bitter man who's never gotten over 2008 and attacks the president on almost anything. and lindsey graham is his mini me. what's going on here is that they had a theory, a conspiracy theory about libya. mitt romney tried to elaborate it in the second debate. he got slapped down. couldn't even talk about it in the third debate. the more we learn about this, the more we learn that this was a very standard procedure in terms of reaction. you put out there what you can put out there. you don't put out there things that would reveal sources and methods of intelligence or minimize the chances that you would catch someone. one of the things that's most disturbing about this, ed, once again, you have the republicans going after an african-american. we saw it with eric holder, we're seeing it with susan rice. it's the same old polit
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 8:00pm PST
john mccain and lindsey graham have been accusing the obama administration of changing susan rice's talking points, following the benghazi incident. they claim links to al qaeda were left out for political purposes. but on tuesday, their conspiracy theory was blown out of the water. the spokeswoman for the director of national intelligence told cnn the white house wasn't involved in removing the information on al qaeda. he said the intelligence community made the changes. in responding to this report, mccain admitted that he was wrong, but still took a shot at the white house. he said intelligence officials, quote, told us they did not know who made the changes. now we have to read the answers to our questions in the media. this latest episode is another reason why many of us are so suspicious of actions of this administration when it comes to the benghazi attack. meanwhile, his sidekick, lindsey graham, is going into full attack mode. senator graham wrote a letter to president obama on tuesday, saying that he's concerned. many questions remain unanswered on the benghazi attacks.
MSNBC
Nov 23, 2012 7:00am PST
about ambassador susan rice's next possible role in the obama administration includes major political players. it could impact the future of some of our most well-known players. we have a panel. hello, you guys. good to see you both. >> good morning. >> david, listen to susan rice answer a question about john mccain, let's play that. >> i have great respect for senator mccain and his service to our country, i always have and i always will. i do think that some of the statements he's made about me have been unfounded but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. >> a very gracious statement there considering the fire she's come under. how far do you think senator mccain and senator lindsey graham are going to take this fight if she is nominated to replace hillary clinton. >> well, no. i mean, there's a clear question that's at stake. she was in a position of turning for t interpreting for the american public a major foreign affairs event. there are a lot of questions around that and what senator mccain and graham are focusing on i
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2012 7:00am PST
? as you may well know, the obama administration is trying to get all of those people who voted for the president to come on board and say this is what we want and to press congress to make a deal but it is sort of hard to figure out what is fair. >> exactly. i said to my staff last week we need a big charge that shows the options and how much money is delivered or caused by each step we might take. i think for the most americans they have to know that no matter what we do, taxes are not going to go up on 98%, those people making less than $250,000 a year. where we go above that, i think our side is very, very necessity gloeshable. if there is a number that makes more sense, a half a million dollars to raise the marginal rate, a million dollars, we can look at that and we would be willing to do that and so far the republicans have not been willing to budget one inch on rates and again this is all a matter of semantics. it is not dollars so they ought to be willing to put everything on the table on the revenue side. >> what they might say is and let me get your answer. you said w
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2012 12:00pm PST
and i find it unbelievable that the obama administration would even propose writing a rule book because they've continued more of the bush policies than they thought they would. >> yeah. >> absolutely. i don't know where they get off thinking they're the ones to have the moral high ground. >> the idea that they're pushing here, though, the idea behind this rule book was basically i what crystal was saying. we're comfortable making these decisions ourselves, makes these arbitrary and objective decisions ourselves. the bigger problem that i think we're ignoring here is that this isn't written anywhere that the president has this power. this is authority that bush asserted. this is authority that obama has asserted and i think there's legitimate grounds for debate of how much power the president has to order it. there's ledge migitimaclegitima. the strategy was to get the local population on our side. well, now you're dropping all these bombs. do you have significant civilian deaths. there's dispute how many there actually are. part of the problem is there's an accounts issue where we say
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2012 2:30am PST
will be america's next secretary of state. >>> the obama administration is reportedly weighing its options on what sort of force -- wouldn't your dad be proud of you? >> yeah. i think he'd find that to be deserving. >> i think he might spit his coffee up all over himself. anyway, trying to figure out what type of force the u.s. military's going to leave in afghanistan after 2014. now, according to "the new york times," options range from a small counterterrorism unit to more than 10,000 americans and nato troops. there are also some ongoing discussions over how quickly that drawdown of those 66,000 troops still in the war zone are going to be. the talks factor in recommendations of commanders on the ground, many of whom favor a substantial force through next year's fighting season. that may be at odds with some of the white house, which "the new york times" says are describing as "very war weary." you know, mika, when you consider that every one of those troops out there have to worry about their afghan, quote, allies turning guns on them at any moment and shooting them, you know, they're not the
MSNBC
Nov 20, 2012 9:00pm PST
on this trip, an adviser for the obama administration told the press on air force one that the u.s. is changing the structure of some of its aid to burma. with that change and with this historic presidential visit, the white house says burma is reducing their military relationship with north korea. and if you're looking for hope in a world where the worst things never seem to get better, i might offer that it could be a source of hope that there's starting to be one less country in the world that sees north korea as its lifeline to the world. that's not the direction that this country is looking anymore. you can see the direction they are looking here. that seems like progress. and progress sometimes happens in concrete ways. in ways that you can see when presidents are willing to go places that presidents have never gone before. that does it for us tonight. we'll see you tomorrow night. it's time for "the last word" hosted by ezra cline. good evening, mr. clien. >> g
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 1:00am PST
on this trip an adviser for the obama administration told the press on air force one that the u.s. is changing the structure of some of its aid to burma. with that change and with this historic presidential visit, the white house says burma is reducing their military relationship with north korea. and if you're looking for hope in a world where the worst things never seem to get better, i might offer that it could be a source of hope that there's starting to be oneless country in the world that sees north korea as its lifeline to the world. that's not the direction that this country is looking anymore. you can see the direction they
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2012 11:00am PST
as egypt and the united states are building credibility with each other. the obama administration was able to come back to the republicans and say, see, this guy is not a radical, he's a guy that can do business with and the top line is he's demonstrating certain what seem like dictatorial or authoritarian impulses that one would not want to see from a true democrat. >> thank you very much. jim frederick, we'll talk with you tomorrow as well. >>> still ahead, detectives who were investigating whether casey anthony murdered her daughter admit they overlook what could have given prosecutors a stronger case. key information. >>> plus what congressman todd akin says he has to do to pay his mortgage now that he's lost his senate bid in the wake of his, quote, rape comments. it's just one of those things we thought you'd want to know today. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in ye
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2012 3:00pm PST
scandal that would take down, you know, an official within the obama administration and they completely failed. and not only did they fail, it backfired. they lost credibility on their reporting as you just highlighted. susan rice is more popular and more well known than she was at the beginning and mccain looks humiliated by trying to create this committee out of full cloth. that went know where so fox has to kind of think now what is our role in the coming years if we can't -- if we can't use all of our energy and affect a change here. >> fox is a propaganda machine. >> joe, i want to be fair, there was one voice over there that tried to make a little sense and that was late in the campaign, was geraldo rivera. listen to what geraldo said. >> i think we have to stop politicizing. we're getting away from the real issue, which is, why wasn't there security before this happened? because that's the issue. but these preposterous allegations, reckless allegations -- do weapon want to know what happened? do we want to try and influence the election with a tragedy that happened in north afric
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2012 1:00am PST
that killed eight people. good morning, i'm lynn berry. after weeks of controversy over the obama administration's handling of the attack in benghazi, the woman in the middle of it all will go face to face with her toughest critics. u.n. ambassador susan rice is
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2012 7:00pm PST
for the president of the united states. at the white house today, senior obama administration officials met with liberal leaders and union officials. "the washington post" reports that one told him after the meeting, quote, would the white house go off the cliff if it's between that and compromising their core principles? i was left with the impression that they would. illinois democratic senator dick durbin spoke today at the liberal center for american progress where he said this about the possibility of going off the cliff which fears of this show know is is really more of a curb than a cliff. >> some have called let's go over the cliff and watch what happens. we know if we're not careful, it will in fact stop economic growth and hurt everyone through every income category, particularly those most vulnerable. >> what he did not say is he must not go off the cliff. because the cliff is is president obama's and the congressional democrats leverage over republicans. if we do go off the cliff or the curb on january 1st, a republican nightmare will occur. all income tax rates will go up and d
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2012 8:00am PST
about what's going on with the obama administration, and that doesn't sound like a positive secretary of state to him because they need to show their ability to be independent. but, again, senator corker's office now saying they believe they have a private meeting with ambassador rice. >>> it's often lost in politics of the fiscal cliff is how a cliff dive will actually impact your personal finances. and whether you have a job or not if you pay taxes, you're going to take a hit. first place you're going to see it, the federal tax rate for a middle income family. and that means an extra $2,000 out of pocket. next is the payroll tax. if you make, say, $50,000 a year, that's another $1,000 that you're going to fork over to uncle sam. then there is the alternative minimum tax, 27 million will be hit with this for the first time ever. and it's a separate calculation from the regular tax, the average cost, $3,700 a year. then there's the spending cuts, pre-cliff, if you're unemployed, you get 99 weeks of benefits, post cliff, 26 weeks. and home interest perks, bye-bye, those could all be go
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 9:00am PST
to be his special envoy and the united states spent two years and the obama administration, some political capital, trying to broker a negotiation between mahmoud abbas and prime minister netanyahu and ultimately was not successful. i do agree over the past couple of years, there's been a pause in the peace process, you know, to try to see if conditions, you know, could be created to bring us back to a negotiating table. but i would also say that, you know, it's -- the environment today is much different than it was even four years ago. you have had the arab spring and everyone that's involved in this is doing careful recalculations of their strategic interests and that's even going on i think in the heart of the negotiations that are ongoing for a cease-fire. >> just to follow up, are you implying too many visits just means it's a bad situation there? >> well, you'll recall, the environment between 2003 and 2008, you know, the united states was involved in an act of war in the middle east. so again, the agenda to some extent drives, you know, where a secretary of state spends the bulk of
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 1:00pm PST
again attack the obama administration. so much for the spirit of thanksgiving. joining us now from washington, democratic congresswoman donna edwards of maryland. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. it's good to be with you. >> i want to talk about the president's foreign policy in a moment. in was a very big day for secretary clinton. high stakes when she made -- they made the decision to send her there. she's been able to help facilitate this historic announcement. >> comprehensive piece for all the people of the region. now we have to focus -- >> congresswoman, so this -- let's talk a little about what this day means for the secretary as she potentially looks at a run in 2016 but potentially is looking at the end of her time at the state department. >> well, i think today actually highlighted exactly why hillary clinton is a leader. i mean, the secretary of state did what she needed to do. she went in there. she brokered the conversations that had -- were the groundwork that had been laid by the president and did it in a very deliberative and thoughtful manner which is the w
MSNBC
Nov 20, 2012 4:00pm PST
less petroleum because of what the obama administration has done to raise those standards. for every time we double the mileage requirement for cars, we are eliminating a significant amount of co2 that goes into the atmosphere. that's something government did, did it, you know, in a forthright fashion, and it is making a difference. >> okay. government put a man on the moon. government is not essentially incompetent. that's ridiculous argument. when we start taking steamship rides across the polar cap, i think you should admit something is going on a little different than, as you put it, weather changes. there ain't going to be a north pole anymore. where is santa claus going to live? anyway, ed rendell, thank you, governor, and thank you, matt for putting up with the truth, at least for ten minutes. >> more on the republican civil war. a crush rush. the sensible voices in the republican party are letting old rushbo in on a secret. it's not your grandfather's rural, white, conservative america anymore. >>> plus, cementing our legacy. hillary clinton lands in israel. she's there to br
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 12:00pm PST
wants. so, as far as emphasis around the world, that's something that's coming from the obama administration. and look, the middle east is an area that obviously has been a problem i would say for decades but really for centuries, maybe my len yeah. so that there are periods of more focus or less focus, you know, is not that surprising. i think the white house wanted to give an opportunity for direct bilateral talks between the two sides and israel or in that region. and obviously, they have not always worked as well as one would like it to happen. >> jonathan, we heard stories today of hillary clinton and president obama sharing a plane ride and sort of reminiscing about the past four years and talking back about campaign times and really is amazing how much has changed and how far they have come in four short years. >> absolutely. you know, just four years ago these guys were or this man and this woman at each other's throats politically. some of the aides hated each other. you would not have necessarily expected to see this coming together but, you know, really started on t
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 6:00pm PST
anybody from being confirmed as secretary of state in the second term of the obama administration, because according to john mccain, u.n. ambassador susan rice, who's a likely candidate for secretary of state, she once said something wrong on the sunday shows. in the days after the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, back in september, susan rice went on the sunday shows and gave the administration's intelligence agency-approved talking points, explaining what the administration thought at that time had happened in benghazi. and that, in john mccain's view, is unforgivable. >> maybe she could start out by publicly coming back on this show and saying, i was wrong. i gave the wrong information on your show some several weeks ago. that might be a beginning. >> but until then, john mccain will block her potential nomination. and anybody's nomination. no secretary of state for the united states of america until john mccain is satisfied. susan rice, for the record, did not give wrong information on the sunday shows. she described accurately what the intelligence agencies were advising her
MSNBC
Nov 22, 2012 7:00am PST
long distance. >>> the cease-fire is seen as a major foreign policy victory for the obama administration. the president was heavily involved to making calls to egypt and israel. mahmoud abbas even took middle of the night phone calls and he dispatched secretary of state hillary clinton to close the cease-fire deal, which she did with shuttle diplomacy between the west bank and cairo. joining me is republican strategist boris epstein. richard, i'll begin with you, richard graham has been a hard critic of president obama. they are now hailing the cease-fire deal. they released a statement yesterday praising prime minister benjamin netanyahu for reaching the truce. however, did you notice no mention of president obama or secretary clinton? what do you make of that? >> honestly, that statement was sad and pathetic they cannot take off the partisan blinders at a time like this. and i think what it does is it hurts their credibility going forward in the international stage. they were ones very much on susan rice's back about benghazi and the possibility of her being secretary of
MSNBC
Nov 23, 2012 10:00am PST
administration continues to try to bring peace to the region. hostilities broke out, president obama dispatched his top diplomat hillary clinton, to calm tensions on wednesday in cairo. she, of course announced that cease-fire standing alongside her egyptian counterpart. >> the people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence and today's agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. >> so how has the administration faired? its reaction to the crisis and what is the path forward for the white house when it comes to trying to achieve a lasting peace in the middle east? to talk about it i'm joined by politico's edward icing, and reuters jeff mason. good afternoon to both of you. >> happy black friday to you. >> happy black trito you as well. let me start with you, how has the administration fared in its reaction to the crisis so far? is it too early to judge? >> it's been a very difficult situation for them. the president was on the phone many times with the egyptian president trying to sort out what the relationship really
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2012 11:00am PST
is that the obama administration did an excellent job of supporting israel all through this. made israel feel moderate and the arabs feel realistic. the second piece of good news is that egypt, even under the muslim brotherhood, has an interest in having stability. that's very important. the bad news is the islamists are in control. in the palestinian areas with hamas and certainly in control in egypt. and there's going to be no peace as long as they are there in control, and u.s. policy has got to be a long, gradual process of trying to build up the non-islamists in the arab world, including in iran, across the region. >> that frames it. we'll hear more from you in the roundtable. >>> now let me turn to carl levin, chairman of course of the armed services committee in the senate. senator, to egypt. how concerned are you? is morsi a partner of the united states, or a problem? >> yes. >> he's both? >> some of both, yeah. but even though there's great concern, i think we have to be very cautious. we don't obviously want to see a democratically elected autocrat take the place of an undemocratica
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2012 11:00am PST
people had in her minds about the obama administration, and i find that it's dissipated since election day. still, the passionate opponents of the president trumpet this, but i don't think it's got much traction in middle america. >> thank you all. i really appreciate your time and your insight into this story. thank you. i really appreciate it. coming up, president obama's new fiscal cliff strategy revealed. the president taking a page from his campaign. he's trying to get the public on his side when it comes to extending the bush tax cuts for the middle class. do the exit polls show he has the public on his side? chris van hollen will join us live. plus, another day of deadly protests in cairo over egypt's president morsi's new sweeping powers that he is seeking. we'll get a live report. plus, the former head of florida's republican party, he's making a stunning claim about the state's early voting law saying it was deliberately designed to suppress minority votes. it's just one of the things we thought you should know. join our conversation on twitter. you can find us at @tamronhall
MSNBC
Nov 28, 2012 8:00am PST
to be nominated. this might be the ultimate trial balloon by the obama administration to put somebody out they know is going to encounter a lot of resistance up front and then whoever they nominate if it's not her is going to have a pretty easy sail through the confirmation, john kerry or somebody like that. it's unusual somebody we don't know is going to be nominated is working the u.s. senate this hard. is this an ultimate political genius move by the obama white house? are they thinking they're going to take this into a fight for senate confirmation? >> day two of this pr campaign to face the critics on the hill. senator corker is who we're going to have the opportunity to -- rice will have the opportunity to meet with him at noon. in advance of today's meeting, "she always delivers the party line, the company line, whatever the talking points are." is this an example, though, of rice facing critics -- explain the type of diplomacy she would need to display if she's going to go into negotiations with china? it's different than, you know, facing your foes on the hill when you're facing
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2012 9:00am PST
in another article about the disagreement between the obama administration about what was happening in the first term. now that the president has dealt with underwater homeowners deal with refinancing. >> the one big disagreement is about housing and whether he adequat adequated addressed the underwater mortgages. answer a small percentage of people who have needed help have gotten it. we're four years out of the crisis and the housing market is starting to recover. >> how are we prepared for anything that the president may want to tackle in the next term? how much have we rebounded? >> the economy is definitely rebounding. you can say that with confidence things are better. longer term there is great structural questions. people's income is not increasing. if the middle class income is not going up, you don't feel it getting better. we haven't resolved questions about whether we'll have an educated workforce for the future. >> okay. zachary, thank you so much going in. we appreciate that. >> thank you. >>> fresh inside to the filming of the new movie "lincoln" after the break. ♪
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Nov 24, 2012 5:00am PST
end. but watching the obama administration through a lincoln lens has been a great education for me. and my policies had already begun to change. i felt the kind of usual left impatience. and i think that impatience is enormously important. it's an engine, lincoln said it. he really preferred, he said, to deal with people of the left to people of the right because he felt the people of the left as he said had their eyes facing and people of the right on a couple of occasions were really primarily interested in aggregating their own power and there wasn't a whole lot. they were more susceptible to secession fever, for one thing, because the main thing for them was to stay in power and any kind of ideology was acceptable and we've seen recent examples of this. so, yeah, i think that there's such a thing, obviously, as too much patience with oppression and too much -- and it's easy to be patient when you're not the person immediately suffering. but on the other hand, too much impatience can make it impossible for anything to happen. i mean, you know, the crux of the civil war was that
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 3:00am PST
to defend the obama administration. >>wouldn't do it. this is opposite day. >> i actually think the president's, dare i say, i've been critical of hs his handling of the middle east and specifically the u.s. relationship with israel, i think he's handled this well. i completely reject this is commitly motivated or about american jewish vote or the election. there's one time he doesn't have to play to the american jewish community it's right now, and i think he recognizes that israel was unprovoked, that they are dealing with a government in gaza that the u.s. and the europeans all label a terrorist organization, 12 to 15,000 rockets sitting in gaza built up over years, israel's in the last few weeks been subjected to over a thousand of them, i think his assessments is, it's a really complicated issue. of course he's horrified by the deaths on both sides, but the idea that israel can't respond the way it's responding, is completely unreasonable. and i think he is handling it well and that he's focused on egypt. egypt is -- morsi is the lynchpen here. if there's any stabilization
MSNBC
Nov 28, 2012 3:00am PST
, a soup sandwich. you just had a lot of things coming at you. how wow grade how the obama administration handled in an extraordinarily unique crisis four years ago? >> look, we got a rule at the university which is we never let professors grade their own papers because they're not likely to be objective. but i think -- >> let me ask -- why did you get -- >> i think the right thing -- i think basically the right things were done. the evidence that the right things are done comes from the way the united states looking compared to four years ago versus the way europe looks, versus the way japan looks. the evidence comes from looking at the fact that if you looked at the fall of 2008 on every important indicator, the stock market, jobs, industrial production, global trade, whatever you choose, it was worse than 1929. and if you look at what's happened, it's not where we'd like it to be but this is nothing like 1929 to 1933 so i think you got to give a high grade, and it's because the president made the right basic diagnosis. the president said at the first meeting we had with him after he li
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 10:00pm PST
. >> coming up, the science behind the victory, obama's victory and what the administration can do with all of that data. and later why i have come to hate the movie mr. smith goes to washington. and the unusual mystical connection between the 47% and star trek. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. buy now. save later. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> the machine that built the obama victory, what will they do with all of that information? that is coming next. when we with said new jersey was happy with chris christie, we were just guessing
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2012 7:00am PST
is wrong with u.s. labor laws. little has changed for labor under the obama presidential administration. in fact, at a federal level, few have even commented on recent labor organizing against walmart. while on a local level, whether it be boycotting or purposefully spending your money at a retailer, shopping at walmart is aligned with certain political statements. yet, the majority tends to have few choices about the matter. back with me at the table is the panel. dan, let me ask a little about this. it does feel to me like a couple of retailers the choice to shop there or not shop there. a political statement. grover norquist is tweeting, avenge twinkie. shop at walmart today. >> now if you're a walmart shopper, you're somehow pro -- how does this happen? >> you know, walmart workers taking the stand has certainly brought an amazing debate. that debate includes tweets like that. the thing that's been much more exciting is a larger debate that's happening. walmart is the largest employer in the country. the debate that's happening is -- as said by then senator obama, what is the respon
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2012 6:00am PST
. nevertheless the violence continued unabated. in the runup to a meeting with president obama in 2011 president calderon blamed the administration for not keeping promises, calling it knnotoriouy insufficient. what do americans need to cooperate on? in reducing drug consumption but they aren't haven't reduced it and putting the stop to the flow of arms but they haven't reduced it. it's increased. all of thises has fueled a furious debate inside mexico whether the drug war is even worst the cost? the public seems to provide its answer. when it elected nieto who ran on a pledge to improve lick safety as opposed to going head-to-head with the cartels. despite that president elect nieto says he will press ahead with the drug war and maintain close ties with the u.s., but members of congress have their doubts. here is what the head of the subcommittee on crime and ho homeland security said. >> drug shipments or kingpins. he further emphasized that his priority would be a reduction in violence, not a dismantling of criminal organizations. by all accounts this sounds like a reversion to the prepolicie
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Nov 23, 2012 11:00am PST
, this administration and some democrats on the hill, president obama did win this election. he does feel as though he has leverage. he ran on a platform of increasing taxes for wealthier americans. and on top of that there's a lot of pressure to get something done. because if lawmakers and the president can't come to a deal, if we get deep into 2013, econo into a recession. you could see the unemployment rate go back up to 9%. i think there's a lot of pressure to get something done and all of the parties involved are hoping they will be able to by the january 1st deadline. >> kristen wker from the white house. thank you so much. appreciate that. >> thanks, craig. >> joined now byb. stoddard and bob franken. thanks for joining us. >> thank you for having us. >> let me start with you, some people say the president clearly has the upper hand in these negotiations, is that true? >> not entirely. i think what kristen said is true that polling shows that most americans agree a pretty strong majority agrees that the wealthy need to pay more taxes and so that president obama is going to be pushing. you look
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
to discuss, but at top of the list according to the white house immigration reform. president obama won more than two-thirds of the latino vote. the administration believes that should be a wake-up call for republicans to get on board with a bill about the border. a new abc news poll shows a majority of americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already on u.s. soil. is this issue finally fertile ground in washington? let's spin about it. i don't think we can eliminate or separate the immigration discussion from the drug war, which stretches across the united states and mexico. part of the immigration discussion and the drug war wrapped up in this fear of, you know, drugs, violence, poor folks participating and escaping from the drug war coming here. america is slowly moving against the war on drugs. it's kinld of amazing to see this movement. we see colorado and washington creating a very liberal open policy, california striking down their three-strikes law. that says let's not have nonviolent drug offenders go away to jail for a long time. judges and police say this is
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2012 6:00am PST
. that explosion in israel could only be seen as a setback to this administration's efforts to try to help broker a ceasefire in the region. president obama sending secretary of state hillary clinton there to talk with leaders throughout the region. and really to try to add a sense of urgency and to nudge them towards a ceasefire, so this morning not only are they condemning the attack but this is clearly unwelcome news. jay carney released this statement earlier today saying these attacks against innocent israeli civilians are outrageous. the united states will stand with our israeli allies and p - provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack. the united states reaffirms our unshakable commitment to security and our deep friendship and solidarity with the israeli people. secretary of state clinton has met with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu as well as a leader of the palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas. she is sending a strong message that they should be de-escalating the violence and also the united states' commitment to
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Nov 26, 2012 6:00am PST
an international agenda dominated by, what else, the tumult in the middle east. it has put president obama and secretary clinton in a familiar bind. u.s. dependency on egypt is stabilizing force means the administration may be forced to look the other way when it comes to domestic abuses of power in that country. within days of acting as a helpful partner and forging the fragile peace between hamas and israel. mohamed morsi has taken advantage perhaps of u.s. support and solidified his own power exempting himself from judicial review until a new constitution is ratified. a process he has extended by two months. he dismissed the country's tern general. more than 500 people injured in four days of clashes between police and protesters who have set up tents in cairo's tahrir square and attack the offices of president mohamed morsi's freedom and justice party, the political wing of the muslim brotherhood. riot police in this video were caught brutally beating and dragging away several pr protesters. on sunday egypt's stock market lost nearly $9 billion or 10% of its value. the nation's judges
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